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|David Derin Joins Middle School Judaic Studies Faculty|
The new school year is underway and we are thrilled to continue introducing our new esteemed faculty members. Today we extend a warm welcome to David Derin, who joins our Middle School Judaic Studies faculty. David comes to us from sunny California where he received his undergraduate degree from University of Southern California. Following college, Moreh David served as a paratrooper in the IDF, and where he was in a unit that did field reconnaissance. Following his service in the IDF, he remained in Israel where he received his Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education while simultaneously earning a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Day School Educators Program. Moreh David, who recently moved to Stamford with his wife, is excited to experience an East Coast winter! Here’s an interesting fact about our newest Middle School teacher: Every year he reads the book, "Peter Pan." He loves the idea of never growing up, but not in the way that most people would think. To him Neverland is about holding on to and chasing your dreams, which he considers a big motivator.
Welcome Moreh David!
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|Math Comes Alive At Carmel Academy|
On a recent sunny afternoon, Carmel Academy’s faculty headed to the school’s athletic field, laced up their sneakers, and ran a quarter mile while being cheered on by the entire student body. The fun run was all in the name of math -- a way to kick off a school-wide graphing project and one of the many ways that Carmel helps students connect math to the real world. All teachers and students ran a quarter-mile with a stopwatch in hand. The average time for each grade, along with the average time for the faculty as a whole, became the data that now populates an especially large bar graph outside the school’s Lower School gymnasium. The students and teachers will do the same run two more times – in the winter and again in the spring to see how the running times change over time. “Graphing is an important unit in Carmel’s math curriculum, but graphs are essential in science, social studies, and current events. By using ourselves as the data for a giant bar graph, we are creating a connection for our children that fosters a level of excitement and relevance,” said Carmel Academy’s Lower School Math Specialist Hilary Machlis. Making connections between math and the real world is an integral component of the school’s math curriculum and it is Machlis’ driving philosophy.
|Carmel Academy Teacher Brings The Power Of Yoga & Wellness to Students and Faculty|
As a group of Carmel Academy Middle School students enter Rachel Mann’s classroom on a recent afternoon she asks them each to describe how they are feeling.
“Tired, sleepy, stressed,” some of the students say.
Mann turns on relaxing music as the students roll out yoga mats. She proceeds to take the group through a variety of yoga poses, meditation and breathing exercises as part of a Yoga and Meditation elective class. At the end of the session, Mann reassesses her students.
“Happy, energized, refreshed” are the new words the students use to describe their frame of mind.
Mann, Carmel Academy’s lead Middle School humanities teacher, said she is not surprised by the immediate benefits that the class offers. In fact, that’s exactly what she experienced this past summer as one of 50 educators trained by the “Breathe For Change” program.
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